The 1950’s gave birth to many infamous typefaces, which stood the test of time and are frequently used in today’s day and age. Below are four notable fonts from the decade filled with innovation and unique design.



(B.Helvetica, 2015)

Developed in 1957, the sans serif typeface is widely used throughout world renowned companies, such as General Motors, Nestle, and BMW (Rohrer. F, 2007). The U.S and Canadian governments have also identified Helvetica as their official typeface. Designed by Swiss designer Max Miedinger, the neo-grotesque style has been adopted by many workplaces throughout the decades and has become known as one of the most popular typefaces in the world (Webber. H, 2012)



The serif typeface was designed by  Adrian Frutiger for the Deberny & Peignot Foundry in 1956. It was the first new font developed for the process of phototypesetting, which became popular in use from the late 50’s to early 60’s (Webber. H, 2012).





Created by Aldo Novarese and Alessandro Butti for the Nebiolo Type Foundry in 1952, the sans-serif font has been widely used in publication design and packaging (Webber. H, 2012). It became the favourite for many designers in the 60’s and early 70’s, and is still widely associated with the science fiction genre.


Designed in 1950 by Hermann Zapf, Sistina was originally named Aurelia Titling (Webber. H, 2012). At the time of its first release in 1951 in Frankfurt, Germany, the typeface consisted only of all capital letters, till the digital release brought the creation of all small capital letters. The typeface is heavily influenced by Michelangelo Titling, which is was based on the inscriptions from Ancient Rome (Sistina).



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